Missed Opportunities Hand Terps OT Loss

Terps let missed opportunities do them in and lose 85-83 in OT.

Gary Williams wasn't happy about the scheduling of Wake Forest only one day removed from his team's ACC opener against Florida State. The result of this game isn't going to make the Maryland coach any happier.

Williams' Terps left Winston-Salem N.C. with an overtime loss to Wake Forest 85-83, thanks in large part to missed opportunities.

With regulation time winding down and the score tied at 76, Maryland had the ball and a chance to sneak away with a win.

With less than five seconds remaining, sophomore guard Sean Mosley got an open look from the free-throw line, only to see it hit the back iron and bounce out. Forward Dino Gregory got a chance for the tip in that missed the rim completely to force overtime.

The overtime period had no better luck for the Terrapins.

Maryland (10-5, 1-1), trailing by two, had a chance to tie the game in the waning moments of overtime, but a poor shot by Greivis Vasquez and a three-point miss by Sean Mosley sent the Terps home in devastating fashion.

Vasquez finished with a game high 30 points, but wasn't able to score for the Terps when it mattered the most. Only three of his season-high 30 points came in overtime, two of which were right off of the starting tip.

The senior guard's 30 points seem like a glaring statistic, but they are put into perspective when you notice he was only 9-27 shooting and was responsible for six turnovers.

Wake Forest (12-3, 2-1) was led by their sophomore star, Al-Farouq Aminu, who finished the game with 24 points. Aminu wasn't the only one able to have a huge impact for the Demon Deacons though.

Freshman Guard C.J. Harris scored 18 points for Wake while Senior Ish Smith contributed 16, including the game-winning basket with less than twenty seconds left in overtime.

The Terps, who trailed for much of the game, had four players in double figure scoring but were held back by a poor 40 percent field goal percentage. Not to mention only shooting 76 percent from the charity stripe, including three consecutive misses in overtime.

Adrian Bowie provided a spark for the Terps off of the bench, scoring 10 points on only three shots attempted. Bowie gave Maryland a much needed boost when often times they looked a little sloppy.

Freshman Jordan Williams had an up and down performance finishing with 12 points, but only managed to grab 3 rebounds. The freshman's two free throw misses in overtime turned out to be costly for the Terps.

Maryland travels to Boston College this upcoming Saturday to square off against the Eagles in an ACC matchup.

Terp Note: With 8 points against Wake Forest, Eric Hayes surpassed the 1,000 point mark (1,001) for his career. The senior guard is the 48th player in school history to reach the 1,000 point plateau.

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